Emergency physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are often requested to help in emergency settings, whether a patient is stuck on the couch with back pain or someone who has hurt themselves on a sports field. But are physiotherapists qualified to help in these situations? And what is it that they can do?

Do you need an emergency physiotherapist?

Owner Health is an emergency physiotherapy clinic. We provide services seven days a week. We are available to help you at your home when you need it. If you have been in an accident or have suffered a sudden injury, we can provide you with the treatment you need. Our experienced and qualified physiotherapists will assess your condition and develop a treatment

What is an emergency physiotherapist?

Emergency physiotherapy is a specific type of physiotherapy carried out in emergency departments, sports fields, and sometimes a person's home by trained physiotherapists. Emergency physiotherapy is concerned with assessing, treating, and rehabilitation of patients who have sustained an acute injury or illness. Emergency physiotherapy aims to optimize the patient's recovery and return to pre-injury function. Emergency physiotherapy is an essential and integral part of the multidisciplinary team in emergency departments.

Collaborative approach:

Emergency physiotherapists work closely with other team members, such as doctors and nurses, to provide comprehensive care for patients. Emergency physiotherapy can be advantageous, as it can make a real difference in people's lives in their time of need.


Emergency physiotherapy is available to help people who have sustained an injury or are in pain. The first thing a physiotherapist will do is assess the situation to determine the cause of the pain. If it is a severe injury, such as a fracture, the physiotherapist will refer the patient to a medical doctor for further treatment. If it is a less severe injury, such as a muscle strain, the physiotherapist will provide treatment to relieve the pain and help the patient recover. Emergency physiotherapy can help to reduce pain and improve function after an injury.

Severe injuries:

If you have a severe injury such as a broken bone, it's not recommended to use home care as your primary contact. Rather it's best to attend an emergency department. If you're likely to need an x-ray and/or surgery you need these facilities to be available.

 Prevent more damage:

Emergency physiotherapists are highly skilled at managing patients with acute injuries. One of the critical aspects of injury management is determining which activities are appropriate and should be avoided. For example, a patient with a broken bone should not be walking on an injured leg. However, weight-bearing may be helpful in the early stages of a minor ankle sprain. The physiotherapist will consider the type and severity of the injury when making recommendations about activity level. This is important to avoid further damage and promote healing.

Referral for imaging:

If you have sustained a bone injury, it is essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible. X-rays are the best way to assess the extent of the damage and determine if there is a fracture. In Australia, physiotherapists have some authority to refer patients for medical imaging; they can request an x-ray if they suspect a fracture or if the injury is particularly painful. Once the x-ray has been conducted, the physiotherapist will be able to determine the best course of treatment. In some cases, surgery may be required. However, in most cases, the physiotherapist will be able to provide you with exercises and advice on how to manage your injury.

 Pain management:

Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for lower back pain. A physiotherapist can assess the cause of the pain and design a treatment plan to address the problem. Physiotherapy treatments can include hands-on therapy, stretching, and gentle exercises. These treatments can settle symptoms and help the patient return to normal activity levels. In addition, a physiotherapist can provide education on how to prevent future episodes of lower back pain. With physiotherapy, patients can expect to recover from their lower back pain and avoid future condition episodes. Physiotherapy is an evidence-based profession that uses various techniques to relieve pain, improve movement and promote healing. Physiotherapists are highly trained health professionals who can provide assessment and treatment for a wide range of conditions. Physiotherapy can be used to treat a wide variety of shapes, but the most common presentation is lower back pain. Physiotherapy can be very effective in managing this condition, and a physiotherapist has a variety of treatments available to settle symptoms. These can include hands-on treatment, stretching and gentle exercises. Physiotherapy is a safe and effective treatment option for lower back pain, and it can be used to help people return to their normal activities as soon as possible. If you are experiencing lower back pain, or any other type of pain, please consult your GP or a physiotherapist for assessment and treatment.

Do emergency physiotherapists have additional qualifications?

No, emergency physiotherapists do not have additional qualifications. They typically have more experience than other physiotherapists, which gives them the skills they need to effectively treat patients in an emergency setting. As far as I know, postgraduate qualifications in emergency physiotherapy do not exist, rather some weekend training programs.


Owner Health provides after-hours and weekend home visit physiotherapy services. If you need an emergency physiotherapy treatment, don't hesitate to contact us via phone on 1300343586. Alternative online bookings are available 24/7. Owner Health is a professional and experienced team of physiotherapists that can provide you with the treatment you need when you need it. With a wide range of services available, we are sure to be able to help you with your problem. Owner Health is committed to providing the best possible care for our patients, and we hope that you will consider us the next time you need physiotherapy services. Thank you for your time, and we look forward to serving you in the future.


Are you a physiotherapist with experience in emergency care? If so, Owner Health would love to hear from you! We are always on the lookout for talented and experienced health professionals to join our team. If you have the skills and availability outside of normal business hours, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Thank you for your interest in working with us!

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